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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on King Juan Carlos I of Spain's visit to the White House

President Obama had the pleasure of hosting King Juan Carlos I of Spain for lunch at his private dining room at the White House.  The President was joined by Secretary Clinton and National Security Advisor General Jones while the King’s delegation included Foreign Minister Moratinos and Mr. Aza, Head of Royal Household.  During the lunch, the leaders recognized the strong bonds between the American and Spanish people.  The President expressed appreciation for the King’s long history of friendship with the United States and highlighted his interest in strengthening our partnership with Spain as we seek to confront common challenges, including the global economy, climate change, terrorism and Afghanistan.  The leaders also had the opportunity to discuss the situation in the Middle East as well as important issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba and ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.